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Darren Bader
HORNY DIP
by Charlie Finch

May 7, 2012

Much as Marcel Duchamp's Nude Descending a Staircase was the icon of the 1913 Armory Show, Darren Bader's Guacamole French Horn is the centerpiece of last weekend's Frieze Art Fair on Randall's Island. Visitors to the Andrew Kreps Gallery booth there could dip their chips into an endless supply of guacamole, gurgling out of a gorgeous (and expensive) French horn.

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Charlie Finch Archives for 2012
May 3, 2012
Art Market Watch
WHAT MONEY LIKES
by Charlie Finch
The sale of Edvard Munch's The Scream for $119 million prompts a definition of "market esthetics."
Apr. 26, 2012
THE FAILURE OF COOPER UNION
by Charlie Finch
A personal view of the legendary East Village school, founded to offer a tuition-free education.
Apr. 24, 2012
OBAMA VERSUS ROMNEY
by Charlie Finch
As an African-American and a Mormon face off in the 2012 presidential race, expect the unexpected.
Apr. 23, 2012
GOODBYE JACKIE
by Charlie Finch
RIP Jackie McAllister, 1962-2012, artist, curator and critic, from complications of a stroke.
Apr. 16, 2012
LESS IS LESS ON THE L.E.S.
by Charlie Finch

A ramble through the Lower East Side gallery scene, with Half Gallery, Frosch & Portmann, Lesley Heller, Blackston and Munch.
Apr. 13, 2012
IS BLACK ART TOO KITSCHY?
by Charlie Finch
African-American artists, now finally in some form of ascendancy, have used ornament for a new burst of visual expression.
Apr. 9, 2012
WHY IS AMERICAN TASTE SO CRAPPY?
by Charlie Finch

The death of kitsch painter Thomas Kinkade reminds us that America leads the world in cultural crap.
Apr. 4, 2012
WILD STRAWBERRIES AT 55
by Charlie Finch

Revisiting the legacy of Swedish auteur Ingmar Bergmann, and the beautiful women he cast in his films.
Mar. 27, 2012
DING DONG
THE WITCH IS DEAD

by Charlie Finch
RIP Hilton Kramer, 1928-2012, the art critic with the worst eye ever.
Mar. 23, 2012
Whitney Biennial 2012
ROMPER ROOM
by Charlie Finch
Is the 2012 Whitney Biennial so fake it makes your skin crawl?
Mar. 23, 2012
DEFENDING PAINTING AND SCULPTURE
by Charlie Finch
Charlie Finch makes a case for the "fixed world of painting and sculpture," often sidelined in favor of performance art.
Mar. 21, 2012
Zhang Jian
LOOKING ON
by Charlie Finch
The liberty of looking at one painting -- Zhang Jian's Chang-An Street at Martha Sutherland Fine Arts.
Mar. 21, 2012
John Newman
CHAMBERED NAUTILUS
by Charlie Finch
Grabbing a seashell conceit to hold onto the new works by sculptor John Newman at Tibor de Nagy Gallery.
Mar. 20, 2012
Zhang Jian
LOOKING ON
by Charlie Finch
The liberty of looking at one painting -- Zhang Jian's Chang-An Street at Martha Sutherland Fine Arts.
Mar. 16, 2012
WHEN A GOOD
PAINTER GOES BAD

by Charlie Finch
When the lemmings head to the sea, be a seagull -- Stella Michaels, Albert Oehlen and Native American art dealer John Molloy.
Mar. 13, 2012
CHARLES SPURRIER: A HISTORY
by Charlie Finch
New works by Charles Spurrier at New York’s Margaret Thatcher Projects.
Mar. 13, 2012
Art Market Watch
WHY ART IS LIKE SPORTS
by Charlie Finch
If it has always been about the money, is it only about the money?
Mar. 6, 2012
GETTIN' DOWN WITH MELISSA BROWN
by Charlie Finch
Melissa Brown’s paintings involve a complex system of strategies worthy of the founder of game theory.
Feb. 28, 2012
Whitney Biennial
A VERY SHORT HISTORY OF THE WHITNEY BIENNIAL
by Charlie Finch
Gaping back down memory lane for the Whitney Biennial high points, or any points for that matter.
Feb. 27, 2012
GIACOMETTI AND GERRI DAVIS
by Charlie Finch
Musings on unsettlement, and the paring down of life in the approach to brokenness and death.
Feb. 23, 2012
THE UNGOVERNABLE
ALL-STARS

by Charlie Finch
While the New Museum fetes a squad of “Ungovernable” rookies, our scribe imagines a more seasoned team.
Feb. 22, 2011
WHO IS ROZALIA JOVANOVIC?
by Charlie Finch
Say hello to Rozalia Jovanovic, the new art reporter at GalleristNY.
Feb. 16, 2011
Cindy Sherman
THE LAST STAR
The triumph of Cindy Sherman, as her retrospective opens at the Museum of Modern Art.
Feb. 14, 2011
Whitney Biennial
MITT ROMNEY
AND FOREST BESS

by Charlie Finch
On the occasion of the Whitney Biennial, a conflation of Mitt Romney and visionary Texas artist Forrest Bess (1911-1977).
Feb. 13, 2011
Robert Grosvenor
TRASH VERSUS ELEGANCE
by Charlie Finch
Two new sculptures by Robert Grosvenor at Paula Cooper Gallery, viewed in the context of Damian Hirst spotmania.
Feb. 8, 2011
Metropolitan Museum
THE TWO KOCHS
by Charlie Finch
The cunning elites and the democratic plaza at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Feb. 7, 2011
Football
HOW SUPER IS THE SUPER BOWL?
by Charlie Finch
Cultural ignorance and Super Bowl kitsch, Mitt Romney’s antiseptic robotism, NYPD thuggery against OWS and more.
Feb. 1, 2011
Mike Kelley
MIKE AND IKE
by Charlie Finch

RIP Mike Kelley, 1954-2012.
Jan. 31, 2011
John Cage
CAGED IN 2012
by Charlie Finch

Charlie Finch ponders the legacy of pioneering composer John Cage on the centennial of his birth.
Jan. 30, 2011
Anthony Haden-Guest
THE HATED GUEST
by Charlie Finch

Famed scribe Anthony Haden-Guest hosts a benefit for his efforts to recover the contents of his storage locker.
Jan. 26, 2011
THE BIG FRIEZE
by Charlie Finch

London's Frieze Art Fair is not slated to dock in New York until May 2012, but its press minions are already hitting the streets.
Jan. 23, 2011
POLLOCK/WARHOL 2012
by Charlie Finch

Jackson Pollock and Andy Warhol -- they have more in common than you might think.
Jan. 17, 2011
Chelsea Stroll
THE BLACK BOX
by Charlie Finch

An amble through the art district, with Murad Khan Mumtaz, Kim MacConnel and "Diggers."
Jan. 13, 2011
Martin Luther King
MLK: AN ART EXEGESIS
by Charlie Finch

Dr. Martin Luther King, the most "formidable, handsome and compelling subject in American history," has been ignored by the arts.
Jan. 10, 2011
Museum of Modern Art
MOMA'S EYE CANDY
by Charlie Finch

"De Kooning: A Retrospective" comes to an end, but the pretentious intellectualism of MoMA's contemporary vision goes on.
Jan. 9, 2011
John McWhinnie
BOOKWORLD
by Charlie Finch

RIP John McWhinnie, 43, art and book dealer, in a snorkeling accident in the British Virgin Islands.
Jan. 6, 2011
New Art
OVERLOAD
by Charlie Finch

Stonehenge, the Beach Boys, and new art by Erik den Breejen at Freight & Volume and Janet Malcolm at Lorie Bookstein Fine Art.
Jan. 5, 2011
Stephen Douglas Hooper
REMEMBERING HOOP
by Charlie Finch

RIP Stephen Douglas Hooper, aka Hoop, 1947-2011, master of the hippie funny car.
Jan. 3, 2011
OUR BODIES, OURSELVES IN 2012!
by Charlie Finch

Predicting the fate of Ai Weiwei, Glenn Lowry, the Old Master market and more.
Jan. 3, 2011
OUR BODIES, OURSELVES IN 2012!
by Charlie Finch

Predicting the fate of Ai Weiwei, Glenn Lowry, the Old Master market and more.
Charlie Finch Archives for 2011
Dec. 28, 2011
Lola Schnabel
DRINK YOUR LOLA COLA
by Charlie Finch

Lola Montes Schnabel debuts her paintings at the Hole on the Bowery in Manhattan.
Dec. 27, 2011
Helen Frankenthaler
EBB AND FLOW
by Charlie Finch

RIP Helen Frankenthaler, 1928-2011, American Abstract-Expressionist painter who was a pioneer of the Washington Color School.
Dec. 21, 2011
John Chamberlain
AUTOPILOT
by Charlie Finch

RIP John Chamberlain, 1927-2011, second generation Abstract Expressionist artist widely known for his car-crash sculptures.
Dec. 19, 2011
Mickey Cartin
THE REBBE
by Charlie Finch

A New York collector with eclectic taste and an almost Talmudic attachment to language.
Dec. 14, 2011
2011 in Review
THE 10 ART EVENTS OF 2011
by Charlie Finch

Ai Weiwei, OSW, PST, black artists, more.
Dec. 12, 2011
Julia Sherman
JULIA!
by Charlie Finch

At JF & Sons boutique on University Place, artist Julia Sherman's designs for religious frocks for an Episcopal convent.
Dec. 8, 2011
Mariko Mori
THAT BEAUTIFUL, BEAUTIFUL BLOB
by Charlie Finch

Mariko Mori's digital-only earth project is a "paragon of mindless beauty," confined to the screen of your iPhone or laptop.
Dec. 6, 2011
Maurizio Cattelan
A DANGLING CONVERSATION
by Charlie Finch

A post windstorm meditation on Maurizio Cattelan's "All" at the Guggenheim Museum.
Nov. 29, 2011
Paul Nelson
CRITICAL MASS
by Charlie Finch

Everything Is an Afterthought, Kevin Avery's new biography of the cultural critic Paul Nelson.
Nov. 28, 2011
Ron and Leonard
LAUDERLAND
by Charlie Finch

The New York Times on the "tax avoidance strategies" of cosmetics magnate and Neue Galerie founder Ronald S. Lauder.
Nov. 22, 2011
CONTEMPT: STILL VS. RICHTER
by Charlie Finch

Are there two more mediocre apostles of abstract painting than Clyfford Still and Gerhard Richter?
Nov. 17, 2011
AFTERNOON DELIGHT
by Charlie Finch

Pollock at McCoy Gallery, Harvey Quaytman at McKee, Erwin Blumenfeld at Houk and the Knickerbocker Club.
Nov. 11, 2011
David Hume
HUME AT 300
by Charlie Finch

The year 2011 is the 300th anniversary of Scottish philosopher David Hume, who reordered our conception of rationality.
Nov. 11, 2011
Art Market Watch
OCCUPY LICHTENSTEIN
by Charlie Finch

What does Christie's sale of another record-breaking Lichtenstein mean to the One Percent?
Nov. 9, 2011
Les Rogers
LES IS MORE
by Charlie Finch

Suprafragilistic new paintings, custom-framed, by veteran painter Les Rogers.
Nov. 7, 2011
Beach Boys
FADED SMILE
by Charlie Finch

The Beach Boys Smile Sessions, the greatest rock album never released, now available in all its originality.
Nov. 7, 2011
Maurizio Cattelan
A HOLE IN HIS SOUL
by Charlie Finch

Good wishes for Italian jokester Maurizio Cattelan at the Guggenheim Museum and beyond.
Nov. 1, 2011
Janet Biggs
WETNESS VISIBLE
by Charlie Finch

A performance by Janet Biggs on the East River brings noise-drenched conflict and then sublimity.
Oct. 31, 2011
Halloween Art
HERE COME THE PUMPKINS
by Charlie Finch

Mechanical goblins, cackling witch statues and swaths of ghostly gauze herald the arrival of Icabod Crane and the Headless Horseman.
Oct. 25, 2011
OCCUPIED!
by Charlie Finch

The problem with Occupied Wall Street is lack of imagination. Herewith, some suggestions.
Oct. 21, 2011
Tony Fitzpatrick
PILGRIM'S PROGRESS
by Charlie Finch

Chicago artist Tony Fitzpatrick brings to the stage the tale of his rowdy spiritual quest to Istanbul in Stations Lost, at The Boiler in Williamsburg.
Oct. 19, 2011
Pepón Osorio
OSORIO'S TURN
by Charlie Finch
The rich and poor, united by mortality, in Pepon Osorio's Drowned in a Glass of Water at Ronald Feldman Fine Arts.
Oct. 7, 2011
Cayetana Conrad
ALL IN THE FAMILY
by Charlie Finch

Cayetana Conrad's new paintings of "A Tangled Wood" at M. Sutherland Fine Arts in New York.
Oct. 4, 2011
Xu Bing
SOFT FASCIST
by Charlie Finch

All you need to know about the deadening effect of the Chinese Communist state on artistic freedom.
Oct. 3, 2011
CATTELAN'S DINGLEBERRIES
by Charlie Finch

Charlie Finch responds to the news that the jokester artist plans more tricks for his upcoming Guggenheim retrospective.
Sept. 28, 2011
Timothy Greenfield-Sanders
LATINO LOVEFEST
by Charlie Finch

Timothy Greenfield-Sanders' film The Latino List, with the companion photo-portraits, debuts at the Brooklyn Museum.
Sept. 23, 2011
PACE YOURSELF
by Charlie Finch

David Byrne, "Social Media," Agnes Martin and Melissa Meyer.
Sept. 21, 2011
Willem de Kooning
MAKING SENSE OF DE KOONING
by Charlie Finch

"De Kooning: A Retrospective" comes to the Museum of Modern Art.
Sept. 20, 2011
New Art
A VISIT TO PIEROGI
by Charlie Finch

Joe Amrheim, John Stoney, Tony Fitzpatrick and an art adventure in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
Sept. 16, 2011
Street Art
ROCHESTER RAMBLE
by Charlie Finch

The B-Boy BBQ street art festival in Rochester, N.Y.
Sept. 8, 2011
UPSTATE
by Charlie Finch

A visit to the historic homestead of literary critic Edmund Wilson.
Sept. 6, 2011
"Buried Treasure"
WIN AT KENO!
by Charlie Finch

Take a gander at "Buried Treasure" on Fox, the new antiques roadshow starring Leigh and Leslie K.
Sept. 1, 2011
REMEMBERING LEONARD HARRIS
by Charlie Finch

RIP Leonard Harris, 1929-2011, arts and theater critic for CBS in New York in the 1960s and '70s.
Aug. 26, 2011
CHELSEA MEMORIES
by Charlie Finch

Good-bye to the Chelsea Hotel and all the tales that it has to tell.
Aug. 24, 2011
GATSBY AT 86
by Charlie Finch

The ostentation of the super-rich, the core of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, is still with us.
Aug. 24, 2011
PORTRAIT OF AMERICA
by Charlie Finch

It's tough times for the everyday artist in recession-era U.S.A.
Aug. 17, 2011
G-L-O-R-I-A. . .Gloria!
by Charlie Finch

Gloria Steinem as the original Baby Boomer, back in the spotlight again.
Aug. 16, 2011
"Art in the Streets"
DOES ARNOLD LEHMAN HAVE BALLS?
by Charlie Finch

The call goes out once again: Bring "Art in the Streets" to the Brooklyn Museum.
Aug. 10, 2011
The Art Carousel
WHO'S TZARA NOW?
by Charlie Finch

Tristan Tzara, Dada and "the superabundance of life" in today's art scene.
Aug. 8, 2011
WINKLEMANIA UP CLOSE
by Charlie Finch

Minor art-world phenomenon Ed Winkleman, representative of most "second-tier" New York galleries, discusses the current state of dealer affairs and his hopes for the future.
Aug. 4, 2011
STEWED AND KEEFED
by Charlie Finch

Life, Keith Richards’ autobiography, gets down to the “don't-give-a-shit” inflections that have endeared Richards to guitar heroes everywhere.
Aug. 3, 2011
William Powhida
USELESS TOOL
by Charlie Finch

Art-world satirist William Powhida rips off Andy Warhol's famed college trick for his "most ambitious installation to date" at Marlborough Chelsea.
Aug. 2, 2011
SAVE THE GALLERIES!
by Charlie Finch

Pop-up exhibitions like “What Works” at ArtStar on Chrystie Street prove that galleries are here to stay -- as long as they keep showing art to sell art.
Aug. 1, 2011
THE SAVAGE STREET
by Charlie Finch

South African graffiti artist Faith47 and street sculptor Dal's spiritual, visually conservative art might be the antidote to street-art phobia.
July 28, 2011
TO MARKET TO MARKET
by Charlie Finch

Lucian Freud, our top art galleries, China and the global art market.
July 25, 2011
Art in Chelsea
SWEET BIRDS OF YOUTH
by Charlie Finch

A Friday evening in Chelsea - punk memorabilia, Laura Levine's punk photos, Daniel Reich Gallery, skate shop at I-20, more.
July 21, 2011
Lucian Freud
THE LAST OF THE REALIST REBELS
by Charlie Finch

RIP Lucian Freud, 88, who died at his London home on July 20, 2011.
July 20, 2011
FLAG Art Foundation
RAISING THE FLAG
by Charlie Finch

"One, Another," works on coupling and interconnectedness by 14 artists at the FLAG Art Foundation.
July 18, 2011
Gigi Chen
ONE CHINESE OR ONE CHINA?
by Charlie Finch

Gigi Chen's robot bunnies are a metaphor for China, late capitalism and the techno muckfest around us.
July 13, 2011
Art & Psychedelics
YES, I AM EXPERIENCED
by Charlie Finch

Dig the pictures in Ken Johnson's new Are You Experienced? How Psychedelic Consciousness Transformed Modern Art.
July 11, 2011
Carolee Schneemann
THE WRESTLING ANGEL
by Charlie Finch

Correspondence Course, an epistolary history of Carolee Schneeman and her circle, edited by Kristine Stiles.
July 6, 2011
Cy Twombly
WAS TWOMBLY A FRAUD?
by Charlie Finch

RIP Cy Twombly, 1928-2011, an artist loved by other artists, and the art market, too.
June 30, 2011
Werner Herzog
DREAM ON
by Charlie Finch

Cro-Magnon Conceptualism or 19th-century fraud? Werner Herzog’s Cave of Forgotten Dreams.
June 29, 2011
Erik Parker and KAWS
SITTING PRETTY
by Charlie Finch

Artists Erik Parker and KAWS organize "Pretty on the Inside" at Paul Kasmin Gallery.
June 27, 2011
MILLER TIME
by Charlie Finch

Remembering New York art dealer Robert Miller, 1939-2011.
June 23, 2011
Tom Armstrong
LIGHTEN UP!
by Charlie Finch

Remembering a time when goofy art administrators failed to understand goofy art.
June 20, 2011
Mothers of Invention
FREAK OUT, 45 YEARS ON
by Charlie Finch

Frank Zappa and his album "Freak Out!" was the Picasso of the 1960s cultural scene.
June 14, 2011
The Weiner Scandal
MAPPLETHORPE WINS!
by Charlie Finch

Thoughts on political scandal (and Anthony Weiner) in light of the Robert Mapplethorpe culture wars.
June 10, 2011
Art in Chelsea
DAYCOCK
by Charlie Finch

Feats of complex engineering in Tatlin and Russian Constructivism at Tony Shafrazi Gallery, Alice Aycock and E.V. Day at Salomon Contemporary.
June 7, 2011
Leon Kossoff
KOSSOFF'S MAGIC RUINS
by Charlie Finch

At Mitchell-Inness & Nash, masterful new works by the 85-year-old British painter Leon Kossoff.
June 3, 2011
LINDSAYLAND
by Charlie Finch

Why hasn't Barack Obama pardoned Lindsay Lohan?
June 2, 2011
Ai Weiwei
WHAT IS TO BE DONE?
by Charlie Finch

A practical plan to assist the imprisoned Chinese artist Ai Weiwei.
May 31, 2011
THE JOY OF WEINBERG
by Charlie Finch

What to do with the huge party spaces of Renzo Piano’s new Whitney Museum?
May 26, 2011
Malerie Marder
LABOR OF LOVE
by Charlie Finch

An innocent generosity of spirit in a new book by Malerie Marder, Carnal Knowledge (Violette Editions).
May 23, 2011
LOVERMAN: BOB DYLAN AT 70
by Charlie Finch

Looking back at the long, fecund career of the generational muse and lyrical shapeshifter.
May 19, 2011
Chelsea Stroll
TOO MUCH TESTYRONE

John Chamberlain, Donald Judd, Pablo Picasso and Marie-Thérèse, and Judy Ledgerwood.
May 16, 2011
Jasper Johns
JOHNUMENTS
by Charlie Finch

Sexy new copper, silver and aluminum sculptures by Jasper Johns at Matthew Marks Gallery.
May 13, 2011
Acquavella Gallery
TWO DEGREES OF DAMIAN LOEB
by Charlie Finch

A lively market for the artist's dark paintings of his naked wife
May 11, 2011
Getty Trust
CUI CUNO?
by Charlie Finch

What does it mean that James Cuno is named president of the Getty Trust in Los Angeles.
May 6, 2011
GO ASK ALŸS
by Charlie Finch

See Francis Alÿs steal creative tropes from just about anyone in his new show at the Museum of Modern Art.
May 4, 2011
Willem de Kooning
THE WINDOW WASHER
by Charlie Finch

Willem de Kooning, re-presented, macho, playful, at Pace Gallery in New York.
Apr. 29, 2011
Jean Forgotten
THE PROPHET BAUDRILLARD
by Charlie Finch

Jean Baudrillard, dead and all but forgotten by advanced culture.
Apr. 25, 2011
GRAFFITI: THE NOBLEST ART
by Charlie Finch

The Daily News and the rest of New York should be celebrating graffiti artists.
Apr. 22, 2011
Noble or Nibble?
LAST TRAIN TO DULLSVILLE
by Charlie Finch

Looking at tombstones, thinking it’s the sky, with James Siena and Thornton Willis (and Frankenthaler and Pousette-Dart).
Apr. 18, 2011
Art & Politics
HOW TO DESTROY THE CHICOMS
by Charlie Finch

Can the West pull off a boycott of China? A call to arms on behalf of Ai Weiwei.
Apr. 13, 2011
Gallery at the Louvre
MORSE CODE
by Charlie Finch

Yale historian David McCullough on the secrets of Samuel F.B. Morse’s masterpiece, Gallery at the Louvre.
Apr. 7, 2011
New Art
A DAY AT THE RACES
by Charlie Finch

Meghan Boody, Linda Yablonsky, Ryan Oakes, Jerry Davis, Edward Winkleman, Jimbo Blachly, Kika Karadi and the Williamsburg Bridge.
Apr. 4, 2011
Kenneth Noland
ESCAPE FROM MEANING
by Charlie Finch

The classic Noland paintings at Mitchell-Innes & Nash are sublime.
Mar. 30, 2011
R.I.P. George Tooker:
THE ONE PAINTING SYNDROME
by Charlie Finch

Charlie Finch bids adieu to the late George Tooker, painter of modern urban alienation, and revisits his most iconic work.
Mar. 29, 2011
Looking for T. Rex:
JURASSIC POLSKY
by Charlie Finch

Andy Warhol expert Richard Polsky pens Boneheads: My Search for T. Rex.
Mar. 23, 2011
Elizabeth Taylor:
GOODBYE LIZ
by Charlie Finch

Elizabeth Taylor was a long-lived fiery cultural icon who inspired more than her share of contemporary artists.
Mar. 21, 2011
Richard Prince:
SLIPPERY SLOPE
by Charlie Finch

Appropriation artist Richard Prince loses his "fair use" copyright case over his "Canal Zone" Rastafarian works.
Mar. 18, 2011
Bye Bye Kitty:
NO SPACE BETWEEN CHAOS AND BEAUTY
by Charlie Finch

At Japan Society, the notion that we might "demolish" old ideas about Japanese art comes a little too close to current reality.
Mar. 16, 2011
ADVENTURES IN RADIATION
by Charlie Finch

MRI machines, A-bomb tests and the threat of nuclear energy.
Mar. 14, 2011
FUN WITH LEO
by Charlie Finch

RIP Leo Steinberg, 1920-2011, the greatest art historian of his generation.
Mar. 10, 2011
Meghan Boody:
13 WAYS OF LOOKING AT A BOODY
by Charlie Finch

Artist Meghan Boody and her eternally girly-girly fantasy world of photos, sculptures and things under glass.
Mar. 8, 2011
DEPARTURE
by Charlie Finch

We say goodbye to MoMA PS1 stalwart Tony Guerrero.
Mar. 2, 2011
SOCIAL MEDIA IS OLD AGE
by Charlie Finch

Twitter, Facebook, Gawker, Huffpo, they all turn long-term living into the passing moments of old age.
Feb. 25, 2011
COAL MINER'S DAUGHTER
by Charlie Finch

Janet Biggs takes us miles underground with an Arctic coal miner for Part Three of her “Arctic Trilogy”
Feb. 23, 2011
AGAINST ART FAIRS
by Charlie Finch

The art-factory system flourishes while real art ends up in the sewer.
Feb. 18, 2011
HAMMONS' HEFTY BAG
by Charlie Finch

David Hammons at L&M Arts, is he turning to painting?
Feb. 15, 2011
FIND YOUR WAY BACK
by Charlie Finch

Tony Fitzpatrick's This Train: An Artists's Journal (Firecat Publishing, 2010).
Feb. 14, 2011
BAD NEWS AT THE MET
by Charlie Finch

Thomas Campbell wants to overload the unwitting museum visitor with useless information.
Feb. 10, 2011
IS PICASSO NECESSARY?
by Charlie Finch

Do we still need to look at Pablo Picasso? Do we need to look at anyone else?
Feb. 8, 2011
THE GAY PLACE
by Charlie Finch

Remembering William Brammer's great political novel, The Gay Place.
Feb. 3, 2011
ROCCO MUST GO
by Charlie Finch

Broadway mega-producer Rocco Landesman is selling out his constituency at the National Endowment for the Arts.
Feb. 1, 2011
Carlos the Jackal: GLUTTON FOR PUNISHMENT
by Charlie Finch

The terrorist revolutionary as a sexist puppet in Olivier Assayas’ five-hour-long miniseries Carlos.
Jan. 27, 2011
WHO IS THE WORST ARTIST?
by Charlie Finch

A contest in male infantilism between Joe Bradley, Dan Colen and Rob Pruitt.
Jan. 24, 2011
WYNN’S GENIUS
by Charlie Finch

"Drawn / Taped / Burned," a show of abstract works on paper from the collection of Wynn Kramarsky.
Jan. 22, 2011
DENNIS THE MENACE
by Charlie Finch

Remembering Dennis Oppenheim, 1938-2011, the pioneering New York conceptual artist and allegorical sculptor.
Jan. 21, 2011
BEEN TOO LONG AT THE FAIR
by Charlie Finch

Considering the new cyberspace VIP Art Fair.
Jan. 18, 2011
THE DON
by Charlie Finch

Rediscovering the 1960s Finish Fetish works of artist Don Dudley.
Jan. 14, 2011
SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL
by Charlie Finch

Violence and hypocrisy in the Tucson shooting debate.
Jan. 12, 2011
SNOW BLIND
by Charlie Finch

Face the rigors of winter snow with help from Wyeth, Wilke, Ryman and Bearden.
Jan. 10, 2011
JOHN WILKES BOOTH, ARTIST?
by Charlie Finch

A new book on Lincoln’s assassin, inspired by an idea by Sinclair Lewis, imagines Booth as a western artist.
Jan. 5, 2011
SCHEHERAZADE
by Charlie Finch

A few thoughts on the appointment of Lindsay Pollock as editor of Art in America magazine.
Jan. 3, 2011
WIZARD IN THE BLIZZARD
by Charlie Finch

Some predictions for 2011.
Charlie Finch Archives for 2010
Dec. 28, 2010
TINY TOP TEN
by Charlie Finch

In a baleful year, a few things to be thankful for.
Dec. 27, 2010
A BEACON FOR ART
by Charlie Finch

Remembering art collector and museum founder Roy Neuberger, 1903-2010.
Dec. 22, 2010
KLEEMATION
by Charlie Finch

Singing the praises of an undervalued 20th-century master.
Dec. 20, 2010
SILENT MOVIE
by Charlie Finch

At MoMA, Andy Warhol’s Eat, Sleep, Blow Job, Kiss and other films are no more than magnificent paintings.
Dec. 17, 2010
THE FLOWERS OF ROMANCE
by Charlie Finch

Boston painter Donald Shambroom and memories of art talks past.
Dec. 16, 2010
OFF WITH THEIR HEADS!
by Charlie Finch

Taking a contrarian view of the works of Alice Neel in part 6 of a serial book review.
Dec. 15, 2010
ALICE'S TEA PARTY
by Charlie Finch

Alice Neel in middle age: part five of a serial review of Phoebe Hoban’s new bio.
Dec. 14, 2010
PINCHUK UPCHUCK
by Charlie Finch

A few words about the Victor Pinchuk’s $100,000 Future Generation Art Prize.
Dec. 13, 2010
QUEEN OF HEARTS
by Charlie Finch

Alice Neel is the life of the party: part 4 of a serial review.
Dec. 10, 2010
THE RED QUEEN
by Charlie Finch

Alice Neel in the 1930s: part 3 of a serial review.
Dec. 9, 2010
JOHNNY, WE HARDLY KNEW YE
by Charlie Finch

Socialite and African photography collection Jean Pigozzi breaks out his own paparazzi snaps.
Dec. 8, 2010
DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE
by Charlie Finch

Reading Phoebe Hoban’s new Alice Neel bio (part two).
Dec. 6, 2010
ALICE NEEL, THE FIRST TEN PAGES
by Charlie Finch

Phoebe Hoban’s Alice Neel: The Art of Not Sitting Pretty.
Dec. 1, 2010
THE OPERATOR
by Charlie Finch

Remembering Ted Kheel, 1914-2010.
Nov. 24, 2010
KITSCHY KITSCHY CURRIN
by Charlie Finch

John Currin has landed in a silky bog.
Nov. 23, 2010
ABSTRACTING ABSTRACTION
by Charlie Finch

Lee Krasner, Keltie Ferris, Odili Donald Odita, Liz Markus and Christopher H. Ho.
Nov. 18, 2010
MoMA AT ITS VERY BEST
by Charlie Finch

Paula Hayes, Pop art, Romare Bearden and "OnLine."
Nov. 15, 2010
TIME AND TIME AGAIN
by Charlie Finch

The dollar sign as art history’s death grin.
Nov. 12, 2010
AI AI AI
by Charlie Finch

The West -- including the art world -- should stand for human rights in China
Nov. 10, 2010
RICHTUS INTERRUPTUS
by Charlie Finch

Gerhard Richter, Deitch Projects, Leslie-Lohman and random abstraction in lower SoHo
Nov. 8, 2010
IN SEARCH OF BAD PAINTING
by Charlie Finch

Paul Thek, John Dubrow and Jasper Cropsey at the Newington-Cropsey Foundation.
Nov. 4, 2010
Nov. 2, 2010
THE RIPPLE EFFECT
by Charlie Finch

Catching the drift with Matt Magee’s abstractions.
Oct. 30, 2010
THE BEST BOB
by Charlie Finch

Larry Gagosian presents "Robert Rauschenberg."
Oct. 29, 2010
LIGHTS OUT
by Charlie Finch

Jim Campbell’s "2,000 Lights" in Madison Square Park in Manhattan.
Oct. 25, 2010
ELEVENTH AVENUE RAMBLE
by Charlie Finch

Keith Mayerson, Joy Garnett, Nam June Paik and Debora Warner.
Oct. 21, 2010
SALOMON'S CHOICE
by Charlie Finch

"Plank Road" at Salomon Contemporary in New York’s Chelsea art district.
Oct. 18, 2010
DEFENDING KOONS
by Charlie Finch

About Jeff Koons, Cicciolina and "Made in Heaven" at Luxembourg & Dayan.
Oct. 15, 2010
WHERE’S THE BABY?
by Charlie Finch

Text is art for James Frey, and his collectors.
Oct. 12, 2010
WHERE’S THE BALL
by Charlie Finch

Fresh air, open fields, and paintings by Isca Greenfield-Sanders.
Oct. 7, 2010
KASSASSTROPHIES
by Charlie Finch

Kassaganda re Kassdom for Deborah Kass at Paul Kasmin.
Oct. 5, 2010
HANDS UP
by Charlie Finch

Zen master Hakuin and the sound of one hand.
Sept. 28, 2010
ROCCO LANDESMAN DISAPPEARS
by Charlie Finch

What happened to our new federal arts champion?
Sept. 22, 2010
THE VERMEER OF CHILE
by Charlie Finch

Chilean video artist Gianfranco Foschino captures visual joy in poverty.
Sept. 17, 2010
THE EXTRAORDINARY JILL
by Charlie Finch

RIP Jill Johnston, 1929-2010.
Sept. 17, 2010
PLAY TIME
by Charlie Finch

Rob Pruitt at GBE and Maccarone galleries, and Gene Beery at Algus Greenspon.
Sept. 9, 2010
WHERE ARE THE MYTHS OF TOMORROW?
by Charlie Finch

Brigid Berlin’s photos of the young artists of yesteryear.
Sept. 7, 2010
THE AIR-CONDITIONED SMILE
by Charlie Finch

The badass tableaux of Carol Bove.
Aug. 20, 2010
A BLIND MAN LOOKS AT 'WORK OF ART'
by Charlie Finch

Nothing good can come of turning art into just another crappy relay race.
Aug. 19, 2010
MY FAVORITE FIFTY
by Charlie Finch

Rising to the challenge to name 50 personal favorite paintings.
Aug. 10, 2010
WAS LATE ANDY ANY GOOD?
by Charlie Finch

"Andy Warhol: The Last Decade" at the Brooklyn Museum.
Aug. 5, 2010
JUICING PHILLIPS DE PURY
by Charlie Finch

A modest proposal for Phillips de Pury & Co.
Aug. 5, 2010
HOCKNEY AND MATISSE
by Charlie Finch

Artist and model, authority and enthrallment.
Aug. 3, 2010
MATISSE AND MEMORY
by Charlie Finch

Looking forward to looking back.
July 30, 2010
HOW DEEP IS HER OCEAN?
by Charlie Finch

Matisse’s androgynous Blue Nude of 1907.
July 27, 2010
BONELESS
by Charlie Finch

What Robertson Davies’ novel What’s Bred in the Bone says about art, and life.
July 23, 2010
YANGTZE YENTA
by Charlie Finch

Barbara Pollack’s The Wild, Wild East: An American Art Critic's Adventures in China.
July 22, 2010
BLUNT INSTRUMENT
by Charlie Finch

Miranda Carter’s Anthony Blunt: His Lives offers a picture of a world where art mattered.
July 19, 2010
THE MISSING MATISSE
by Charlie Finch

The echoes of Henri Matisse’s great painting, The Conversation.
July 14, 2010
DOWN BY THE RIVER
by Charlie Finch

Contemplating the influence of Matisse’s Bathers by the River.
July 9, 2010
THE VIOLENT WORLD OF GLENN LOWRY
by Charlie Finch

The MoMA director gives a "Tim Burtonesque" overview of his museum.
July 7, 2010
MR. CLEAN
by Charlie Finch

Time to restate Mike Bidlo’s series of "Not Picassos."
July 1, 2010
MOMA’S GRAY MATTERS
by Charlie Finch

A new installation from the collection at the Museum of Modern Art.
June 30, 2010
WILL DEFLATION HIT THE ART MARKET?
by Charlie Finch

The megarich may halt their buying.
June 25, 2010
WHEN THE FAMILIAR BECOMES ALIEN
by Charlie Finch

On Rafael Ferrer and Charles Burchfield.
June 25, 2010
THE VOICE OF CHEESE
by Charlie Finch

Low culture is getting a little too low.
June 23, 2010
WORK OF ART 2030
by Charlie Finch

Coming to you from Ice Station Robotic on Queen’s Island, Antarctica.
June 21, 2010
WHITE ON WHITE
by Charlie Finch

A kayak ballet from Janet Biggs.
June 15, 2010
June 14, 2010
PROFOUND OBJECTS
by Charlie Finch

Vija Celmins artful somethings spun from nothings.
June 11, 2010
POLKEPHEMERA
by Charlie Finch

RIP Sigmar Polke, 1941-2010.
June 8, 2010
PSYCHEDELIC! AT THE WHITNEY!
by Charlie Finch

Let’s get old-school at Breuer’s Big Brute this July.
June 8, 2010
MY FRIEND FLICKR
by Charlie Finch

Some final words on Marina Abramovic’s "The Artist Is Present"
June 4, 2010
THE ESTHETICS OF BP
by Charlie Finch

Artists must lead the fight against corporate propaganda.
June 3, 2010
WHAT MARINA WROUGHT
by Charlie Finch

The enduring effects of Marina Abramovic’s The Artist Is Present.
June 2, 2010
BOURGEOISIE
by Charlie Finch

Louise Bourgeois was not much of an artist, but she was a helluva lot of fun.
June 1, 2010
ONE FOR THE HOPPER
by Charlie Finch
Dennis Hopper, 1936-2010.
May 28, 2010
SUMMING UP THE SEASON
by Charlie Finch

The foibles and fashions of the 2009-2010 school year.
May 21, 2010
WHEN WILL ART TRULY CROSS OVER?
by Charlie Finch

Mad Ave drains the truth from Felix Gonzalez-Torres.
May 17, 2010
NOT A CAMP CLASSIC
by Charlie Finch

Uncovering Justine and the Boys, Colette’s forgotten cult film from the late 1970s.
May 14, 2010
AUCTION ECONOMICS
by Charlie Finch

Painting the tape, baskets of art, auction choreography and other market mechanics.
May 13, 2010
FAILING UPWARDS
by Charlie Finch

The ass-backwards road to success.
May 12, 2010
ROBERT GOFF REINVENTS HIMSELF
by Charlie Finch

The knicknack school of painting, from a New York art dealer.
May 11, 2010
THE ULTIMATE METAPHOR
by Charlie Finch

Doug and Mike Starn’s Big Bambú as the all pervasive net of nature and culture.
May 10, 2010
HIM AND HER
by Charlie Finch

Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s real legacy for public art.
May 7, 2010
CAN DEACCESSIONING STRENGTHEN THE MARKET?
by Charlie Finch

The defibrillations of the auction business.
May 6, 2010
BLIND POWER
by Charlie Finch

Some art-world blind items for May.
Apr. 30, 2010
MUST BAD PAINTING BE GOOD?
by Charlie Finch

The haphazard gesture beckons to the lazy collector.
Apr. 28, 2010
CAROLEE THE PAINTER
by Charlie Finch

Carolee Schneemann’s "Within and Beyond the Premises" at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art.
Apr. 23, 2010
THE COWARDS OF THE BLOGOSPHERE
by Charlie Finch

Who’s where on the Marlene Dumas "blacklist" story.
Apr. 21, 2010
TILTON AT WINDMILLS
by Charlie Finch

Veteran dealer’s explosive testimony in the Marlene Dumas blacklist case.
Apr. 21, 2010
SPARE CHANGE
by Charlie Finch

Remembering Nancy Spero (1926-2009) and the work that has just begun.
Apr. 19, 2010
STILL RAINING, STILL DREAMING
by Charlie Finch

Special for spring, the real secret of art.
Apr. 16, 2010
NAKED CAME I
by Charlie Finch

Performers find Marina Abramovic’s work just a little too touching.
Apr. 13, 2010
WORK OF ART 1946
by Charlie Finch

Orson Welles is your host, live from the St. Regis Hotel.
Apr. 9, 2010
THE SHOCK OF THE NEW
by Charlie Finch

The New Museum, the Mr. Potato Head of contemporary art museums.
Apr. 8, 2010
CLUB MOMA
by Charlie Finch

Previewing "Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Modern Century" at the Museum of Modern Art.
Apr. 7, 2010
MARINA: THE MUSICAL
by Charlie Finch

Rothko is on Broadway, why not set Abramovic to music?
Apr. 5, 2009
HIGGLY PIGGLY
by Charlie Finch

Whitney Museum curator Larry Rinder’s roman à clef, Revenge of the Decorated Pigs.
Mar. 29, 2010
A VISIT FROM CHRISSIE
by Charlie Finch

Jet-set curating and the art of sadomasochism.
Mar. 26, 2010
HIGH COTTON
by Charlie Finch

Joe Zucker’s "Cotton Paintings" from 1976 make an impressive comeback.
Mar. 22, 2010
SENTRIES OF SECURITY
by Charlie Finch
Antony Gormley’s Event Horizon at Madison Square Park in Manhattan.
Mar. 19, 2010
MR. ED
by Charlie Finch
Ed Paschke becomes his own American icon.
Mar. 17, 2010
PERFORMANCE ART IS A BORE
by Charlie Finch
Time to shut down the genre.
Mar. 11, 2010
THE MOUNTAIN OF ART
by Charlie Finch
If you estheticize U.S. debt obligations and sell the resulting product on the art market. . .
Mar. 10, 2010
POUND FOR POUND
by Charlie Finch
Remembering Omar Shakespear Pound, putative son of poet Ezra Pound.
Mar. 8, 2010
MEMORIES OF RUTH
by Charlie Finch
Ruth Kligman, 1930-2010.
Mar. 5, 2010
WHO IS DAKIS JOANNOU?
by Charlie Finch
A look at the business dealings of the Greek supercollector.
Mar. 2, 2010
A BRUCELLANY
by Charlie Finch
A down-and-dirty guide to Brucennial value, literally.
Mar. 1, 2010
HEADLESS HIRST
by Charlie Finch
Damien Hirst declares an "End of an Era."
Feb. 25, 2010
LUMPY GRAVY
by Charlie Finch
William Kentridge and the second coming of Julius Knipfl.
Feb. 23, 2010
A ROOM OF ONE'S OWN
by Charlie Finch
A few good words for the 2010 Whitney Biennial.
Feb. 22, 2010
BRICKTOP
by Charlie Finch
Derrick Adams throws down a gauntlet of taboo.
Feb. 19, 2010
OBJECT LESSONS
by Charlie Finch
Out at Alexander and Bonin, Anna Kustera and David Zwirner galleries.
Feb. 17, 2010
JUICE AT THE BRUCE
by Charlie Finch
Get on board for the Bruce High Quality Foundation "Art Rescue Vehicle"
Feb. 12, 2010
BAIT AND SWITCH
by Charlie Finch
Tax the rich to revitalize the (art) economy.
Feb. 8, 2010
CAGEY
by Charlie Finch
Sterling Ruby’s "2Traps" and the cage esthetic.
Feb. 5, 2010
BLADE RUNNERS
by Charlie Finch
Kiki Seror and the intertia of male microscopia.
Feb. 3, 2010
PURPLE HAZE
by Charlie Finch
Irving Petlin and the deadly ambiguity of suffering.
Jan. 29, 2010
INTO THE RYE
by Charlie Finch
J.D. Salinger, 1919-2010
Jan. 28, 2010
LES IS MORE
by Charlie Finch
New paintings by Les Rogers, plus a note on Julian Schnabel.
Jan. 27, 2010
MASTERPIECE MAGIC
by Charlie Finch
Inka Essenhigh’s "The Old New Age" at 303 Gallery.
Jan. 20, 2010
A LOST WORLD, FOUND
by Charlie Finch
"The Lost World of Old Europe" at the NYU Institute for the Study of the Ancient World.
Jan. 19, 2010
JOY IN THE MORNING
by Charlie Finch
Art has become a golden scarab on the mountain of life.
Jan. 13, 2010
SHAMELESSLY PLUGGING MY MIDDLE AGED FRIENDS
by Charlie Finch
Bushwick’s new Storefront gallery, George Negroponte at Kouros, and news of Steve Van Nort and Deborah Kass.
Jan. 11, 2010
WHAT DEITCH MEANS FOR L.A.
by Charlie Finch
A Cecil B. DeMille for a beleaguered L.A. MOCA.
Jan. 8, 2010
THE OLD CURIOSITY SHOP
by Charlie Finch
Patti Smith and the bric-a-brac of life.
Jan. 6, 2010
MIX AND MATCH
by Charlie Finch
A modest proposal regarding Urs Fischer, Gabriel Orozco and our leading art critics.
Jan. 5, 2010
ON TARGET
by Charlie Finch
Kenneth Noland, 1924-2010.
Jan. 4, 2010
THE END OF THE BEGINNING
by Charlie Finch
The sum of art in five minutes of Basquiat.
Charlie Finch Archives for 2009
Dec. 29, 2009
THE CARROT OF CARICATURE
by Charlie Finch
David Levine, 1926-2009.
Dec. 28, 2009
ROUND THE BEND INTO 2010
by Charlie Finch
Waving the wand for the coming year.
Dec. 22, 2009
PEARLS OF GREAT PRICE
by Charlie Finch
Death is part of life.
Dec. 18, 2009
CHRIS MASS TIME
by Charlie Finch
Watching painter Chris Martin talk to students, via YouTube.
Dec. 16, 2009
ZAHM BAM!
by Charlie Finch
Olivier Zahm’s perve party from the city of light.
Dec. 11, 2009
THE THRIFT SHOP BIENNIAL
by Charlie Finch
Whistle while you work the recycling bins.
Dec. 10, 2009
THE COMMANDER
by Charlie Finch
Thomas Hoving, 1931-2009.
Dec. 9, 2009
GABRIEL MEETS THE GLOBE
by Charlie Finch
"Gabriel Orozco" at the Museum of Modern Art.
Dec. 8, 2009
HAS ART JUMPED THE SHARK?
by Charlie Finch
Signs point to yes.
Dec. 7, 2009
GUSTON’S FINGER PUPPETS
by Charlie Finch
Philip Guston’s "Small Oils on Panel, 1969-1973" at McKee Gallery.
Dec. 3, 2009
ARTYRDOM
by Charlie Finch
Does the marginalization of fine art have something to do with the fakeness of its transgressions?
Nov. 30, 2009
NOUGHT FOR THE AUGHTS
by Charlie Finch
The gaudy and outrageous decade.
Nov. 23, 2009
ATMOSPHERE
by Charlie Finch
"Cold Water" at La Mama Galleria and Lucio Pozzi at Creon Gallery.
Nov. 17, 2009
SMALL BEER
by Charlie Finch
The conflicts of interest in l’Affaire Joannou are all too familiar.
Nov. 12, 2009
A SHORT HISTORY OF MASTURBATION
by Charlie Finch
Art’s primal secret, found in Sterling Ruby’s "The Masturbators."
Nov. 10, 2009
THE UNFORBIDDEN
by Charlie Finch
Richard Hell, Brigitte Engler and some other guy at Bowman/Bloom Gallery in the East Village.
Nov. 9, 2009
A WRINKLE IN TIME
by Charlie Finch
Silvia Sleigh’s portraits of art-world notables from the 1960s and ’70s.
Nov. 6, 2009
A WALK IN THE WOODS
by Charlie Finch
The refreshingly bucolic David Hockney.
Nov. 4, 2009
TUNA FISCH
by Charlie Finch
Andy Warhol’s Tunafish Disaster meets Urs Fischer at the New Museum.
Nov. 2, 2009
THE ARTFUL DIMAGGIO
by Charlie Finch
Eva Lake’s collage of Joe Dimaggio at Cinders Gallery provokes thoughts of the legendary baseballer.
Oct. 30, 2009
SHADOW MAN
by Charlie Finch
Harlem Renaissance photographer Roy DeCarava, 1919-2009.
Oct. 22, 2009
KIMONO MASTER
by Charlie Finch
Serizawa: Master of Japanese Textile Design" at Japan Society Gallery
Oct. 20, 2009
THE FIERY FOREST
by Charlie Finch
An environment worth watching by Wade Kavanaugh and Stephen B. Nguyen.
Oct. 15, 2009
A LACK ATTACK
by Charlie Finch
Paintings by the legendary polysexual sybarite Stephen Lack.
Oct. 13, 2009
WHAT THE OBAMAS SHOULD HAVE BORROWED
by Charlie Finch
A modest proposal, or two.
Oct. 13, 2009
TRANSPARENCY AT THE WHITNEY?
by Charlie Finch
The conflicted public interests in museum patronage.
Oct. 9, 2009
IS FASHION PHOTOGRAPHY ART?
by Charlie Finch
Irving Penn and the art of fashion.
Oct. 9, 2009
JOHNSON AND ART
by Charlie Finch
Notes on the tercentenary of the first great modernist, Samuel Johnson.
Oct. 8, 2009
JUNGER THAN THAT NOW
by Charlie Finch
C.G. Jung’s Red Book at the Rubin Museum of Art.
Oct. 6, 2009
WHAT IF NO ONE COLLECTED?
by Charlie Finch
Most art instantly disappears.
Oct. 2, 2009
PHOTO SHOP
by Charlie Finch
Jewels of MoMA’s new photo installation.
Sept. 29, 2009
THE BIG HURT
by Charlie Finch
Filmmaker Kathryn Bigelow and The Hurt Locker.
Sept. 25, 2009
STILL A FRAUD
by Charlie Finch
Deconstructing Dave Hickey.
Sept. 24, 2009
THE LONELY CROWD
by Charlie Finch
Shutterbug Christopher Dawson captures the other side of public events.
Sept. 22, 2009
SOCKCUCKER BLUES
by Charlie Finch
On Robert Frank’s Cocksucker Blues.
Sept. 21, 2009
THE SAN FRANCISCO SENSBILITY
by Charlie Finch
Sherry Wong makes San Francisco subcultures a family affair.
Sept. 18, 2009
THE TYRANNY OF THE SMALL
by Charlie Finch

Belgian painter Luc Tuymans talks about his traveling U.S. retrospective.
Sept. 15, 2009
DA DO RON RON
by Charlie Finch
An art-celebrity-packed tribute to Mary Boone Gallery director Ron Warren.
Sept. 14, 2009
WHEN THE WORLD WAS YOUNG
by Charlie Finch
Remembering the 1960s with Dennis Hopper’s photographs.
Sept. 14, 2009
A SHOT OF WRY
by Charlie Finch
Photographer Tim Davis and "The New Antiquity."
Sept. 11, 2009
MOANIN' WITH MONET
by Charlie Finch
The Museum of Modern Art re-presents "Monet’s Water Lilies."
Sept. 9, 2009
COEFFICIENT
by Charlie Finch
Wayne Coe’s sidewalk drawings.
Sept. 8, 2009
OCTOBER
by Charlie Finch
Uli Edel's film The Baader Meinhof Complex.
Sept. 3, 2009
MOTHER-IN-LAW
by Charlie Finch
Anne Truitt at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.
Aug. 31, 2009
I LOVE SUSAN SILAS
by Charlie Finch
The New York photographer has a show coming up.
Aug. 25, 2009
IN SEARCH OF THE VISUAL
by Charlie Finch
An art hiatus in the multiplex.
Aug. 21, 2009
THE OTHER JACK
by Charlie Finch
Jack Tworkov at UBS Art Gallery.
Aug. 20, 2009
STING LIKE A BUTTERFLY,
FLOAT LIKE A BEE

by Charlie Finch
A summer mediation on boxing, Muhammad Ali and the fate of the American rebel.
Aug. 17, 2009
NOUVEL RICHE
by Charlie Finch
A city planning commission vignette, starring MoMA’s proposed skyscraper.
Aug. 13, 2009
THE AVANT-GARDE
by Charlie Finch
Will there ever be an avant-garde again?
Aug. 6, 2009
THE REMAINS OF THE DAY
by Charlie Finch
Another art decade draws to a close.
Aug. 3, 2009
REMEMBER THE ALAMO
by Charlie Finch
Tony Rosenthal, 1914-2009.
July 30, 2009
Design Time
by Charlie Finch
"Ron Arad: No Discipline" at the Museum of Modern Art.
July 27, 2009
WE THREE
by Charlie Finch
Merce Cunningham, 1919-2009.
July 23, 2009
THREE DEALERS
by Charlie Finch
The High Line is the death knell for the Chelsea galley scene.
July 17, 2009
THE HARVEST OF ART
by Charlie Finch
A captured piece of time.
July 14, 2009
TOYS WILL BE TOYS
by Charlie Finch
At Japan Society, a show of Japanese toy autos from the post-war years.
July 13, 2009
DASH IT
by Charlie Finch
Dash Snow, 1981-2009
July 9, 2009
BLIND ON BLIND
by Charlie Finch
A parable for the art recession.
July 7, 2009
BOVACIOUS
by Charlie Finch
Carol Bove’s "Plants and Animals" at the Horticultural Society of New York.
June 29, 2009
MICHAEL AND JEFF
by Charlie Finch
Childhood as a signifier of dread in fairy tales by Michael Jackson and Jeff Koons.
June 24, 2009
BAD TO THE BONE
by Charlie Finch
If you like the funnies, you’ll love James Ensor.
June 22, 2009
WILL COLLECTORS STEP FORWARD?

by Charlie Finch
A challenge to art buyers.
June 18, 2009
ANOTHER NEW YORK MEMORY
by Charlie Finch
Frank Herbert Mason, 1921-2009.
June 16, 2009
PEEING WITH BRENDAN
by Charlie Finch
BARR, aka Brendan Fowler, performs at the New Museum.
June 11, 2009
HAROLD AND MAUDE
by Charlie Finch
Megumi Sasaki’s new documentary, Herb & Dorothy.
June 9, 2009
NAUMAN AND JOHNS
by Charlie Finch
Contrasting visions of despair from two celebrated contemporary artists.
June 5, 2009
THE DEATH OF A POET
by Charlie Finch
Robert Colescott, 1925-2009.
June 5, 2009
CHRIST IN THE CAR
by Charlie Finch
The esthetics of the auto in contemporary America.
June 4, 2009
INTO THE NIGHT
by Charlie Finch
Yale’s disingenuous lawsuit over van Gogh’s Night Cafe.
June 1, 2009
WANDERING AND PONDERING
by Charlie Finch
A slow summer art season begins.
May 29, 2009
THE LADY HOSMER
by Charlie Finch
Patricia Cronin’s homage to the 19th-century American sculptor Harriet Hosmer.
May 27, 2009
PICKING AND CHOOSING AT MOMA
by Charlie Finch
Warhol and LeWitt win out over Mira Schendel and Leon Ferrari at MoMA.
May 20, 2009
TWO COATS OF PAIN
by Charlie Finch
A modest proposal to put downtown galleries in empty Madison Avenue storefronts.
May 16, 2009
DEATH OF AN ARTIST
by Charlie Finch
John Michelini, RIP.
May 15, 2009
BEING CHRISTINA
by Charlie Finch
Andrew Wyeth’s Christina’s World at the Museum of Modern Art.
May 12, 2009
BEARDED RAINBOWS
by Charlie Finch
Pablo Picasso is a bowlful of fun.
May 8, 2009
GOT MIK?
by Charlie Finch
The Museum of Modern Art presents films by Dutch artist Aernout Mik.
May 4, 2009
VEGAS IN THE BRONX
by Charlie Finch
A new springtime for the Yankees.
Apr. 29, 2009
OUT OF IRAQ
by Charlie Finch
Artist Ahmed Alsoudani and the chaos of Iraq.
Apr. 27, 2009
WHEN THE PAINT DISAPPEARS
by Charlie Finch
New paintings by Alex Katz and Che Lovelace.
Apr. 23, 2009
DRAWN AND QUARTERED
by Charlie Finch
"Compass in Hand: Selections from the Judith Rothschild Foundation Contemporary Drawings Collection" at the Museum of Modern Art.
Apr. 20, 2009
COIN OPERATOR
by Charlie Finch
William Metcalf and Yale University’s coin collection.
Apr. 17, 2009
MARILYN AND BIRD
by Charlie Finch
The true arts of America.
Apr. 13, 2009
JESUS RESPONDS
by Charlie Finch
"Younger than Jesus" at the New Museum.
Apr. 7, 2009
THE COMING ART BOOM
by Charlie Finch
Market conditions are perfect for a resurgence in classic contemporary.
Apr. 6, 2009
JOHN JR.
by Charlie Finch
An image of lost youth in John Waters’ "Rear Projection."
Mar. 31, 2009
LEVITTATION
by Charlie Finch
Helen Levitt, 1913-2009.
Mar. 30, 2009
ANOTHER COUNTRY
by Charlie Finch
New exhibitions by Michalene Thomas and William Villalongo.
Mar. 25, 2009
EVACUATION OF THE WEST
by Charlie Finch
A downbeat look at the American West in MoMA’s "Into the Sunset."
Mar. 23, 2009
THE QUIET WORLD OF GABI HAMM
by Charlie Finch
Painted portraits and the power of personality.
Mar. 19, 2009
GRACELAND
by Charlie Finch
Photographer Tanyth Berkeley and her model Grace.
Mar. 17, 2009
INCOMPLETE
by Charlie Finch
Dana Schutz and the perils of history.
Mar. 16, 2009
CHA ON THIS!
by Charlie Finch
Xavier Cha and the beauty factory.
Mar. 9, 2009
HOORAY FOR HAROLD!
by Charlie Finch
New tales from Abraham Lincoln expert (and Met communications chief) Harold Holzer.
Mar. 5, 2009
BREAST MILK
by Charlie Finch
The price of objectification in Kathleen Gilje’s portraits of women.
Mar. 3, 2009
NO SMILES AT MOMA
by Charlie Finch
The museum stamps out a bit of free creativity.
Feb. 26, 2009
EPISTLE TO KIPPY
by Charlie Finch
"Martin Kippenberger: The Problem Perspective" at the Museum of Modern Art.
Feb. 24, 2009
BROKEN GHOSTS
by Charlie Finch
New work by Lisa Yuskavage and Susan Rothenberg.
Feb. 18, 2009
COPING WITH COPLANS
by Charlie Finch
Revisiting the photographs of the late John Coplans.
Feb. 13, 2009
GROUNDHOG’S DIARY
by Charlie Finch
Piero Manzoni, Imi Knoebel, Jeremy Earhart, Andrea Zittel, Kepler and Lipon, Janet Biggs, more.
Feb. 12, 2009
LADY COURAGE
by Charlie Finch
Leila Hadley Luce, 1925-2009.
Feb. 11, 2009
THE SHOW OF THE SEASON
by Charlie Finch
Tadashi Kawamata’s "Tree Huts" capture the recessionary zeitgeist.
Feb. 9, 2009
INSIDE THE SHEPARD FAIREY CASE
by Charlie Finch
Portraits of Barack Obama at Danzinger Projects.
Feb. 5, 2009
WEAPONS OF MAD DESTRUCTION
by Charlie Finch
Native American warrior art and artifacts at the new John Molloy Gallery in Manhattan.
Feb. 3, 2009
PASCAL’S PUZZLES
by Charlie Finch
Matt Johnson’s "Super System" inaugurates Taxter & Spengemann’s new gallery space.
Jan. 30, 2009
SCREWTUBE
by Charlie Finch
Old corporate profits in the new democratic media.
Jan. 29, 2009
HAVING A RAVE UP!
by Charlie Finch
Artist Mickalene Thomas curates "The Brand New Heavies" at Collette Blanchard Gallery on the Lower East Side.
Jan. 26, 2009
A BAD LIGHT SHOW
by Charlie Finch
Robert Irwin’s "Red Drawing White Drawing Black Painting"
Jan. 22, 2009
COLLECTVISM WORKS!
by Charlie Finch
Wake up from the bad-dream art world of star dealer hegemony!
Jan. 14, 2009
THE SPROUSE HOUSE
by Charlie Finch
Thumbs down on the Stephen Sprouse revival.
Jan. 12, 2009
SURVIVAL STRATEGIES
by Charlie Finch
A proposal for a new, more sane and generous art market.
Jan. 6, 2009
ARTISTS AS OPTIMISTS
by Charlie Finch
Never mind the bollocks, artists stay busy.
Jan. 2, 2009
2009 CRYSTAL BALL
by Charlie Finch
Predictions for the coming year.
Charlie Finch Archives for 2008
Dec. 29, 2008
WOULD DUKE APPROVE?
by Charlie Finch
On Robert Graham (1938-2008), and Duke Ellington.
Dec. 22, 2008
GREAT EXPECTATIONS
by Charlie Finch
Momentary encounters with the famous and renowned.
Dec. 17, 2008
REMEMBERING WILLOUGHBY
by Charlie Finch
Willoughby Sharp, 1936-2008.
Dec. 17, 2008
LUST OR LIFE
by Charlie Finch
Kiki Seror’s motifs of carnality.
Dec. 11, 2008
DUBIOUS DUMAS
by Charlie Finch
Marlene Dumas’ painting is lugubrious and lazy.
Dec. 8, 2008
GIVE PEACE A CHANCE
by Charlie Finch
Lisa Ruyter’s "Atoms for Peace" in Vienna.
Dec. 3, 2008
ROBERTA ON YOUTUBE
by Charlie Finch
The celebrated New York Times art critic tells all.
Dec. 1, 2008
THE PERSONAL IS NOT POLITICAL
by Charlie Finch
Kate Winslet makes the Holocaust palatable in Stephen.
Nov. 24, 2008
THE SOFT PARADE
by Charlie Finch
Common sense for hard times.
Nov. 20, 2008
FEET DON’T FAIL ME NOW
by Charlie Finch
Pipilotti Rist’s "Pour Your Body Out" at MoMA.
Nov. 18, 2008
A SILVER LINING
by Charlie Finch
All-female sales could cure a down market.
Nov. 12, 2008
LIGHTER THAN EROS
by Charlie Finch
"Eros" at Richard L. Feigen & Co.
Nov. 10, 2008
I AM A BERLINER!
by Charlie Finch
Brigid Berlin, the last of the superstars.
Nov. 5, 2008
WHITE ON WHITE
by Charlie Finch
Barack Obama rebukes William Eggleston.
Oct. 29, 2008
MIRÓ, MIRÓ ON
THE WALL

by Charlie Finch
A hyperactive hodgepodge at MoMA reveals an anachronistic painter’s painter.
Oct. 23, 2008
BLACK LIGHT DISTRICT
by Charlie Finch
Sensuous and reflective craft in "Japanese Postwar Photography"
Oct. 15, 2008
ANIMALISM
by Charlie Finch
Alexander Calder is for kids.
Oct. 8, 2008
MAKE LOVE NOT WAR
by Charlie Finch
Gargoylish paintings by Damon Johnson, moody photos by Sebastian Mlynarski.
Oct. 3, 2008
RENAISSANCE GOOFBALL
by Charlie Finch
On the road with Elliott Arkin and "Mr. Artsee"
Sept. 26, 2008
RAZZLE WITHOUT DAZZLE
by Charlie Finch
New beaded masterpieces from Liza Lou.
Sept. 18, 2008
AN ALIEN VISION
by Charlie Finch
"Van Gogh and the Colors of Night" at the Museum of Modern Art.
Sept. 17, 2008
SOPHIE AND ALAIN
by Charlie Finch
French Pop artist Alain Jacquet dies in New York at age 69.
Sept. 12, 2008
COMFORT AND JOY
by Charlie Finch
New paintings by Damian Loeb and Isca Greenfield-Sanders.
Sept. 11, 2008
TSUNAMI TIME
by Charlie Finch
A retreat to curatorial sensibility in the museum world.
Sept. 8, 2008
MY DINNER WITH KISSINGER
by Charlie Finch
The still-vibrant psyche of 85-year-old Henry Kissinger.
Sept. 2, 2008
A FIRMAMENT OF STARSby Charlie Finch
Gearing up for the new fall art season.
Aug. 25, 2008
THINGS FALL APART
by Charlie Finch
David Kramer’s new book-cum-artwork, Snake Oil.
Aug. 20, 2008
ANGELS ON THE GROUND
by Charlie Finch
The film Beautiful Losers chronicles Alleged Gallery and the 1990s “Street Art” movement.
Aug. 15, 2008
LOVE AND LOSS
by Charlie Finch
A review of Peter Schjeldahl’s new collection of art criticism, Let’s See.
Aug. 12, 2008
THE EMPERORS OF ART
by Charlie Finch
Hypermaterialism from Fifth Avenue to Dubai to Beijing.
Aug. 8, 2008
THE MURDER OF DAMIEN HIRST (as told to Charlie Finch)
by Charlie Finch
The perfect work of art.
July 30, 2008
A KISS FOR KIRCHNER
by Charlie Finch
"Kirchner and the Berlin Street" at the Museum of Modern Art.
July 25, 2008
BERKSHIRE IDLER
by Charlie Finch
The state of the arts at Belvoir Terrace Camp in Lenox, Mass.
July 23, 2008
A SIGG JOKE
by Charlie Finch
More thoughts on the case against the Olympics in China.
July 11, 2008
PAIN IS THE NAME OF THE GAME
by Charlie Finch
Painter Chuck Connelly in HBO’s new The Art of Failure.
July 9, 2008
WATER FALLACIES
by Charlie Finch
Public art and the public good.
July 8, 2008
UBIQUITOUS ART
by Charlie Finch
The idea of art is everywhere these days.
July 2, 2008
AN IDLER’S DIARY
by Charlie Finch
Julian Laverdiere, Doug Blau, Sherry Wong, Catherine Murphy, more.
June 27, 2008
OIL PAINTING
by Charlie Finch
Abstract Expressionism in the sheikdom.
June 25, 2008
CHAOS THEORY
by Charlie Finch
Buckminster Fuller, Paul McCarthy, and Salvador Dali’s "Painting and Film"
June 23, 2008
MUGGY UGLY
by Charlie Finch
A new Dennis Oppenheim art project in Union Square Park definitely does not improve the summer weather.
June 13, 2008
AN IDLER’S DIARY
by Charlie Finch
Wandering around SoHo and Chelsea at the beginning of summer.
June 10, 2008
LAY YOUR BURDEN DOWN
by Charlie Finch
Chris Burden’s What My Dad Gave Me (2008) at Rockefeller Center.
June 5, 2008
BLANK DRAWINGS
by Charlie Finch
Bob Dylan’s sad doodles.
May 28, 2008
GOODBYE JOHN
by Charlie Finch
John Weber, 1932-2008.
May 23, 2008
LIGHT INDUSTRY
by Charlie Finch
Whimsy and dignity in photographs by Bernd and Hilla Becher.
May 20, 2008
THE EYES HAVE IT
by Charlie Finch
Operatic lust in new paintings by Rosa Loy.
May 14, 2008
RAUSCHENBERG/WARHOL
by Charlie Finch
RIP Robert Rauschenberg, 1925-2008.
May 12, 2008
MISSION ABORTED
by Charlie Finch
The nuances of Yale’s Aliza Shvarts controversy.
May 7, 2008
BACK AND FORTH
by Charlie Finch
John Baldessari and Matt Mullican collaborate on "Pong" at Tracy Williams, Ltd.
May 5, 2008
PITCH PERFECT
by Charlie Finch
Kentucky’s art-and-culture magazine makes provinciality a glam asset.
Apr. 29, 2008
SCHNABEL AND HIS DOUBLES
by Charlie Finch
The magic formula behind the success of Julian Schnabel’s films.
Apr. 24, 2008
CRASH TEST
by Charlie Finch
Living dangerously with Anthony James.
Apr. 21, 2008
RUNNING, JUMPING, STANDING STILL
by Charlie Finch
Nobility and vigor in Elizabeth Peyton’s new works.
Apr. 18, 2008
FEAR STRIKES OUT
by Charlie Finch
Boycott the Olympics, and boycott contemporary Chinese art.
Apr. 17, 2008
FAKE IT 'TIL
YOU MAKE IT

by Charlie Finch
Olafur Eliasson and the illusion of taste.
Apr. 8, 2008
THE THREAT OF LOVE
by Charlie Finch
Walter Robinson puts the error back in eros.
Apr. 4, 2008
WHITE MEN CAN’T PAINT!
by Charlie Finch
Morgan Neville’s new film, The Cool School, on the early Los Angeles art scene.
Mar. 31, 2008
HANGING AT THE HORTS’
by Charlie Finch
Talk of Marlene Dumas, Richard Tuttle and Jimmy Page at Susan and Michael Hort’s private view during Armory weekend.
Mar. 26, 2008
A BROWN WORLD
by Charlie Finch
Painter Deborah Brown captures natural New York.
Mar. 21, 2008
CHEERS!
by Charlie Finch
A few words occasioned by Eduardo Sarabia’s Salon Aleman at the Park Avenue Armory.
Mar. 20, 2008
THE RETURN OF MAX ESTENGER
by Charlie Finch
New works by the artist from Queens.
Mar. 19, 2008
BETWITCHED
by Charlie Finch
New psychedelic allegories from Lane Twitchell.
Mar. 18, 2008
NOT SO WEI OUT
by Charlie Finch
Ai Weiwei’s Descending Light at Mary Boone Gallery.
Mar. 17, 2008
STARWALKERS
by Charlie Finch
Naked wonder from Richard Dupont at Lever House.
Mar. 14, 2008
MY DINNER WITH SIMON
by Charlie Finch
Veteran curator Simon Watson and the contemporary art banquet.
Mar. 11, 2008
DOOBY DOOBY DUBAI
by Charlie Finch
A modest proposal for art in the Middle East.
Mar. 4, 2008
BIENNIAL FOR ONE
by Charlie Finch
Go to Facebook for your own Whitbash 2008.
Feb. 28, 2008
INTERNATIONAL MAN OF MYSTERY
by Charlie Finch
Thomas Krens, father of the global art plutocracy.
Feb. 27, 2008
GRIDLOCK
by Charlie Finch
"Color Chart" at the Museum of Modern Art.
Feb. 26, 2008
CHILDHOOD’S END
by Charlie Finch
Anna Craycroft, orphans and hope, and Obama as Manchild.
Feb. 22, 2008
THE LAST PICTURE SHOW
by Charlie Finch
Painter Chris Martin provides Chelsea with its final triumph.
Feb. 22, 2008
DR. STRANGE
by Charlie Finch
Baird Jones, 1954-2008.
Feb. 20, 2008
GET SMART
by Charlie Finch
"Design and the Elastic Mind" at MoMA.
Feb. 19, 2008
LOVE FOR SALE
by Charlie Finch
Peeking at the market for Miroslav Tichy.
Feb. 14, 2008
BROAD MINDED
by Charlie Finch
Swaping curatorial souls for the favors of the wealthy.
Feb. 11, 2008
THE WAY IT WAS
by Charlie Finch
The modest beginnings of legendary dealer Richard Bellamy.
Feb. 7, 2008
FATHERS AND SONS
by Charlie Finch
At the Museum of Biblical Art, "The Art of Forgiveness: Images of the Prodigal Son."
Feb. 6, 2008
LET THEM EAT WATER
by Charlie Finch
Olafur Eliasson’s "Waterfalls" is just for the good of New Yorkers.
Feb. 4, 2008
A COSMIC JOKE
by Charlie Finch
Robert Smithson’s Spiral Jetty was designed to be passive.
Jan. 28, 2008
CRITICAL MASS
by Charlie Finch
The keys to the art-critical kingdom.
Jan. 22, 2008
LATE BLOOMER
by Charlie Finch
Nobuhiro Ishihara’s symbolic creatures.
Jan. 18, 2008
CUT AND PASTE
by Charlie Finch
"Fit to Print" at Gagosian Gallery in New York.
Jan. 17, 2008
REPETITIVE STRESS
by Charlie Finch
Zhang Peili provides a chilling look at the world’s oldest civiliation.
Jan. 14, 2008
PENNMANSHIP
by Charlie Finch
Steely esthetic asceticism from Irving Penn.
Jan. 9, 2008
NAVAL GAZING
by Charlie Finch
Julian Schnabel’s new "Navigation Drawings."
Jan. 7, 2008
WHAT MAKES A MASTERPIECE
by Charlie Finch
A tale of the art market, 2008.
Jan. 4, 2008
OUT ON A LIMB FOR 2008
by Charlie Finch
Scoping out the new year.
Charlie Finch Archives for 2007
Dec. 29, 2007
THE ASHES OF CHARISMA
by Charlie Finch
Contemporary artists and their pretensions.
Dec. 21, 2007
A CHRISTMAS EVE MEMORY
by Charlie Finch
New York City in the 1950s.
Dec. 19, 2007
TROLLING AT THE TROLL
by Charlie Finch
A new museum opens on the Lower East Side.
Dec. 14, 2007
ART AND THE PRESIDENCY
by Charlie Finch
Art takes a leave from the 2008 campaign.
Dec. 12, 2007
CRAP ON CRAP
by Charlie Finch
Lucian Freud’s inferior art.
Dec. 7, 2007
CLASSICS AND COMMERCIALS
by Charlie Finch
Selling art and selling out.
Dec. 3, 2007
WEEKDAY UPDATE
by Charlie Finch
A single masterpiece on view in New York’s Chelsea art district.
Nov. 30, 2007
EVE OF DESTRUCTION
by Charlie Finch
Employing entropy in the world of art.
Nov. 28, 2007
WATTS UP
by Charlie Finch
Sober symbolism in new paintings by Ouattara Watts.
Nov. 26, 2007
SPECTACULAR SHOW
by Charlie Finch
Symbols of transformation from Indian artist Bharti Kher.
Nov. 21, 2007
ESTRANGED IN A STRANGE LAND
by Charlie Finch
Hu Xiangdong packages China for consumption.
Nov. 20, 2007
THE VIRTUES OF TRANSPARENCY
by Charlie Finch
Time to smash open the doors of auctionland.
Nov. 12, 2007
DUPED!
by Charlie Finch
New homonculi from cybersculptor Richard Dupont.
Nov. 8, 2007
PECULIAR INSTITUTIONS
by Charlie Finch
Remembering galleries of times past.
Nov. 2, 2007
BLACK BOX
by Charlie Finch
Douglas Gordon’s new burnt-Warhol-on-mirror works.
Nov. 1, 2007
A LOST OPPORTUNITY
by Charlie Finch
Martin Puryear at the Museum of Modern Art.
Oct. 26, 2007
A NOT-SO-VAST RIGHT-WING CONSPIRACY
by Charlie Finch
The art blogs and their nonexistent readers.
Oct. 25, 2007
A SHOEBOX SHOW
by Charlie Finch
Park Avenue Bank hosts a show of works by 20th-century women artists.
Oct. 23, 2007
I AM STONED (ARE YOU STONED?)
by Charlie Finch
The secret Conceptual Art techniques of Lawrence Weiner.
Oct. 18, 2007
CHINA DOLLARS
by Charlie Finch
What’s behind the boom in Chinese contemporary?
Oct. 16, 2007
POPULAR PAINTINGS
by Charlie Finch
"XXL: Size Matters" at the Hudson Valley Center.
Oct. 12, 2007
ART ABOUT LIFE
by Charlie Finch
Lisa Yuskavage versus death.
Oct. 10, 2007
ART INFLAMES
by Charlie Finch
Vandalizing Andres Serrano in Sweden.
Oct. 5, 2007
VOLUNTEER SLAVERY
by Charlie Finch
Kara Walker and the injection of sex into horror.
Sept. 28, 2007
PRINCE CHARMING
by Charlie Finch
Richard Prince, market Leviathan.
Sept. 27, 2007
GOODBYE GLENN
by Charlie Finch
Hello Halbreich -- staff changes at the Museum of Modern Art.
Sept. 26, 2007
OLD SCHOOL
by Charlie Finch
André Emmerich, 1924-2007
Sept. 25, 2007
LOOKING
by Charlie Finch
When the eye is not invited in.
Sept. 21, 2007
FRANKINSCENSE
by Charlie Finch
Natalie Frank’s new paintings are both disturbing and entrancing.
Sept. 19, 2007
THE TALENT
by Charlie Finch
Hollywood stars and art stars, both dim.
Sept. 12, 2007
MIXED MESSAGES
by Charlie Finch
Marian Goodman Gallery celebrates its 30th anniversary.
Sept. 10, 2007
ANOTHER OPENING, ANOTHER SHOW
by Charlie Finch
Deborah Kass at Kasmin -- and Bottino -- plus the Collector Fair.
Sept. 7, 2007
DARKNESS VISIBLE
by Charlie Finch
On Lisa Ruyter: One Million Postcards.
Sept. 5, 2007
The return of midcareer
by Charlie Finch
A glance at the contemporary gallery offerings in New York this fall.
Aug. 23, 2007
ART OPPORTUNITIES
by Charlie Finch
A change in market values means a change in art values.
Aug. 17, 2007
HOW HE PAINTS HIS MASTERPIECE
by Charlie Finch
Waiting for Bob Dylan’s painting exhibition.
Aug. 13, 2007
JUST BRUCE
by Charlie Finch
Bruce Wolmer, 1948-2007, RIP.
Aug. 6, 2007
LIQUID SKIES
by Charlie Finch
Will the hedge fund crisis sink the art market?
July 30, 2007
A BIZARRE COLLECTOR
by Charlie Finch
A visit to Kykuit, the estate of the now-forgotten Nelson Rockefeller.
July 23, 2007
THEREMY
by Charlie Finch
Remembering Theresa Duncan and Jeremy Blake.
July 19, 2007
A WORLD WITHOUT WARHOLS
by Charlie Finch
With Andy, the "authenticity" issue is absurd.
July 12, 2007
ORWELL ON DALÍ
by Charlie Finch
Is artistic freedom morally neutral?
July 7, 2007
FORM THING
by Charlie Finch
The lesser offerings are the thing at Storm King Art Center.
June 27, 2007
STINGELESE
by Charlie Finch
Rudolf Stingel’s graffiti art at the Whitney Museum.
June 25, 2007
WHAT ART SAYS ABOUT MONEY
by Charlie Finch
The love call of currency.
June 18, 2007
SIMPLE THINGS
by Charlie Finch
Seeking small moments of mildly enlightened distinction.
June 13, 2007
DAMIEN HIRST JUMPS THE SHARK
by Charlie Finch
The YBA star flogs a $100-million diamond skull.
June 4, 2007
JERSEY TRANSIT
by Charlie Finch
If you ride Jersey Transit, you don’t need Richard Serra.
May 24, 2007
I’VE GOT THEM OL’ COSMIC FILLMORE EAST BLUES AGAIN
by Charlie Finch
On the occasion of "Summer of Love" at the Whitney Museum.
May 17, 2007
REMEMBERING JONATHAN
by Charlie Finch
A memorial for art scribe and Asia hand Jonathan Napack.
May 5, 2007
WHATEVER HAPPENED TO DAVID ROCKEFELLER?
by Charlie Finch
Mark Rothko’s White Center (1950) hits the auction block.
May 4, 2007
MURAKAMI AND THE MURPHYS
by Charlie Finch
Parallel manifestations of Sara and Gerald Murphy and Takashi Murakami.
Apr. 26, 2007
PRINCE FEIGEN
by Charlie Finch
The quattrocento meets Ab Ex in "Sublime Convergence" at Richard L. Feigen & Co.
Apr. 18, 2007
BITS AND PIECES
by Charlie Finch
Rummaging through old Manhattan with photographer Kevin Landers.
Apr. 9, 2007
PECULIAR PEARLS
by Charlie Finch
Dead calm in Philip Pearlstein’s paintings.
Apr. 4, 2007
WHAT YOU SEE IS WHAT YOU SEE
by Charlie Finch
"Blue Cage Sculptures" by Rebecca Smith.
Mar. 27, 2007
RADICAL ETHIOPIA
by Charlie Finch
The African Christ in Ethiopian art.
Mar. 22, 2007
SPECIAL OPS
by Charlie Finch
Reticent retinal art, and more, on Madison Avenue.
Mar. 15, 2007
SPRING OASIS
by Charlie Finch
The Hammond Museum and Japanese Stroll Garden.
Mar. 7, 2007
STUBBED
by Charlie Finch
George Stubbs is as much an ironist as an avatar of the sublime.
Mar. 5, 2007
CINDERELLA
by Charlie Finch
Loving Cindy Sherman as she swans into middle age.
Feb. 26, 2007
DISAPPEARING ACTS
by Charlie Finch
What’s new in Artland.
Feb. 21, 2007
LOVE IN THE RUINS
by Charlie Finch
Gordon Matta-Clark at the Whitney Museum.
Feb. 12, 2007
DILL VERSUS PRINCE
by Charlie Finch
Lesley Dill and Richard Prince at the Neuberger Museum.
Feb. 9, 2007
THE GILDED CAGE
by Charlie Finch
Imagining the 2008 Whitney Biennial.
Feb. 5, 2007
THE PROBLEM OF THE MUSE
by Charlie Finch
A figure one wants so to behold but never to be.
Jan. 26, 2007
A NEW MARKET THEORY OF ART
by Charlie Finch
Is everyone making money, or is the money making them?
Jan. 17, 2007
WITHIN THE CONTEXT OF NO CONTEXT
by Charlie Finch
Doug Aitken turns MoMA into an outdoor Cineplex.
Jan. 10, 2007
TWO THIEVES
by Charlie Finch
The bohemian and the ubercollector.
Jan. 2, 2007
THE WAY WE WERE
by Charlie Finch
Remembering art as a part of life.
Charlie Finch Archives for 2006
Dec. 14, 2006
THE BIBLE TELLS ME SO
by Charlie Finch
Photographer Alix Smith, plus contemporary art, at the new Museum of Biblical Art in Manhattan.
Dec. 7, 2006
ROBERT ROSENBLUM, 1927-2006
by Charlie Finch
The art world’s great populist.
Dec. 6, 2006
TANIGUCHI’S REVENGE
by Charlie Finch
The Museum of Modern Art unveils its new Education Building.
Nov. 28, 2006
PICKING AND CHOOSING AT DIA BEACON
by Charlie Finch
Minimalism lives in a converted factory in a Hudson River mill town.
Nov. 20, 2006
THE CARNIVAL STOPS FOR A GRAY DAY
by Charlie Finch
On Agnes Martin and Kiki Smith.
Nov. 14, 2006
SEDUCED AND ABANDONED
by Charlie Finch
Who says New York needs a museum of contemporary art?
Nov. 6, 2006
PAINTING THE TAPE
by Charlie Finch
Hedge funds and the art market.
Oct. 27, 2006
WHAT BECOMES A LEGEND LEAST
by Charlie Finch
Brice Marden at MoMA.
Oct. 19, 2006
MISSION CREEP
by Charlie Finch
The new catchword for museoexecs.
Oct. 12, 2006
ONE GOOD PRINT
by Charlie Finch
Prints and editions from Europe at MoMA.
Sept. 29, 2006
PICASSO THE CONSERVATIVE
by Charlie Finch
At the Whitney Museum, how Cubism retarded American Art.
Sept. 19, 2006
THE FAILURE OF DE MONTEBELLO
by Charlie Finch
Taking apart the Met chief’s latest pronouncements.
Sept. 11, 2006
POOLS OF WONDER
by Charlie Finch
Alchemy and a hint of claustrophobia in Isca Greenfield-Sanders visions of suburbia.
Aug. 29, 2006
CRITIC AGONISTES
by Charlie Finch
Skunks and art critics.
Aug. 7, 2006
A QUIRKY COLLECTOR
by Charlie Finch
Museum founder Roy Neuberger was one of a kind.
Aug. 1, 2006
FEET OF CLAY
by Charlie Finch
Since when does money create masterpieces?
July 14, 2006
BABES IN LOYLAND
by Charlie Finch
German painter Rosa Loy’s female mythology.
June 28, 2006
PICKING AND CHOOSING AT THE WHIT
by Charlie Finch
All the masterpieces at the Whitney’s "Full House."
June 19, 2006
The Great Picabia
by Charlie Finch
Francis Picabia is the star of "Dada" at MoMA.
June 8, 2006
WHATEVER HAPPENED TO DOUGLAS GORDON?
by Charlie Finch
There once was a man from the Highlands. . .
May 15, 2006
A BREAKTHROUGH SHOW
by Charlie Finch
Sherry Wong paints a 21st-century Big Chill.
May 5, 2006
OLD FRIENDS
by Charlie Finch
Notes on Jocelyn Hobbie, Lisa Ruyter and Kerri Scharlin.
Apr. 26, 2006
ARTE POVERA IN NEW ORLEANS
by Charlie Finch
Throw some support to the City That Care Forgot.
Apr. 4, 2006
WORLD OF WOMEN
by Charlie Finch
"Bearings: The Female Figure" at PS122 Gallery in Manhattan.
Mar. 27, 2006
WHITNEY BIENNIAL V. EVERGLADES
by Charlie Finch
Where rules must be observed to stay alive.
Mar. 10, 2006
STOP THE INSANITY!
by Charlie Finch
Contemporary art’s disconnect from the real world.
Mar. 6, 2006
THE RETURN OF ANTHONY JAMES
by Charlie Finch
New works go on view in Chelsea.
Feb. 9, 2006
THE SEDUCTION OF NATALIE FRANK
by Charlie Finch
Portrait of a fast rising star.
Feb. 1, 2006
TRUE LOVE COMES TO VEGAS
by Charlie Finch
Wedding bells ring for our scribe and his bride.
Charlie Finch Archives for 2005
Jan. 18, 2006
A VISIT WITH DEB AND PATTIE
by Charlie Finch
New work by New York artists Deborah Kass and Patricia Cronin.
Jan. 4, 2006
POSTMODERN SYSTEMATICS
by Charlie Finch
Touchstones in the pseudoreligion of contemporary art.
Dec. 20, 2005
SIDESHOW BOB
by Charlie Finch
Robert Rauschenberg "Combines" opens at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Dec. 14, 2005
SELECT, DON’T SETTLE
by Charlie Finch
Passing some time in New Haven.
Nov. 30, 2005
SOPHIE’S CHOICES
by Charlie Finch
New "Zebra Stripe Paintings" by Sophie Matisse.
Nov. 11, 2005
THE GROVES OF ACADEME
by Charlie Finch
A visit to the Columbia MFA open studios.
Nov. 4, 2005
TIRED OF ART?
by Charlie Finch
In search of surprises in a complacent contemporary art world.
Oct. 20, 2005
ELIZABETHTOWN
by Charlie Finch
Elizabeth Murray at the Museum of Modern Art.
Oct. 19, 2005
SMALL IS BEAUTIFUL
by Charlie Finch
Touring Chelsea on Saturday, looking to buy.
Oct. 11, 2005
TOYS IN THE ATTIC
by Charlie Finch
Art protected from the wider world.
Sept. 22, 2005
A DREAM WITHIN A DREAM
by Charlie Finch
Laurie Anderson’s supernal "The Waters Reglitterized."
Sept. 13, 2005
A Chat with Leo Steinberg
by Charlie Finch
The great art historian, still in the "Now"
Sept. 12, 2005
THE TEASE CONTINUES
by Charlie Finch
The last pictures of Diane Arbus.
Aug. 29, 2005
What’s Love Got To Do With It?
by Charlie Finch
Artist Lisa Kirk organizes the feminist/anti-feminist "Bonds of Love"
Aug. 8, 2005
Buffalo Soldier
by Charlie Finch
"Extreme Abstraction" at the Albright-Knox.
July 22, 2005
More Than a New Discovery
by Charlie Finch
Photographer Alix Smith and the subjects of identity.
July 8, 2005
The Hollow Museum
by Charlie Finch
Trophies of the rich at the Museum of Modern Art.
June 17, 2005
Signs of Life on West 23rd Street
by Charlie Finch
The latest developments on Chelsea's new gold coast.
May 18, 2005
INVISIBLE MAN
by Charlie Finch
Reading the secrets of Jasper Johns’ new "Catenary" series.
May 17, 2005
AGAINST INTERPRETATION
by Charlie Finch
New paintings by Malcolm Morley and Judy Ledgerwood.
April 27, 2005
THE DECLINE AND FALL OF PAINTING
by Charlie Finch
The bad stuff is everywhere.
April 20, 2005
DANGER IS HER GAME
by Charlie Finch
Laurel Nakadate takes liberties.




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